10 Signs and Symptoms of COPD

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for two major lung diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both of these diseases are incurable but with early treatment, the progression of the disease can be slowed and the patient can enjoy a good quality of life. We’ve compiled a list of some of the signs and symptoms associated with COPD based on information from the NIH and the Mayo Clinic.

Shortness of breath, particularly after doing anything physically demanding, which can worsen as the disease progresses to shortness of breath without any physical exertion.

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A productive cough which lasts for at least three months for two consecutive years is considered a symptom of COPD.

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Having to clear your throat a lot, particularly first thing in the morning, to loosen mucus.

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Making a squeaky sound or whistling while you breathe.

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A feeling of constriction or tightness in the chest area.

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This is caused by a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. It’s a rare symptom, but medical assistance will be needed.

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Low oxygen levels will make you feel fatigued.

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Unexplained weight loss could be due to emphysema.

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This could be a result of pulmonary hypertension which can develop from COPD.

There is currently no cure for COPD, but treatment options such as stem cell therapy can prevent more damage and improve the patient’s quality of life. Find out more.

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